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GRANT 1864 DATES: May–June 1864 COMBATANTS: Union vs Rebel Confederate States of America FORCES ENGAGED: USA, 120,000; Rebels, 60,000 CASUALTIES: USA, 55,000; Rebels, 32,000 RESULT: Union victory Åls falls to Prussians, Danes seek peace ‘‘ ‘‘ IN BRIEF On 11 May 1864, the EverVictorious Army, a Western-trained Chinese force commanded by I*ZQ\Q[PWЅ KMZ5IRWZ+PIZTM[ /WZLWVKIX\]ZML\PMUIQVUQTQ\IZa JI[MWN\PM

Banks was ordered to advance up the Red river from southern Louisiana and capture Shreveport, Louisiana. He came within 35 miles (56 km) of the town when he was defeated in the Battle of Mansfield at Sabine Crossroads on 8 April 1864. The next day he fended off the Rebel pursuit of his retreating army at the Battle of Pleasant Hill and continued his withdrawal until he reached Alexandria. Federal forces assault Rebel positions along the Cane river during the Red River Campaign. IN BRIEF The defeat of a 500-strong Maori army, at Te Ranga, New Zealand, on 21 June 1864, by British forces, was the last battle of the Waikato War.

PMZUIV[\IVLQVO_Q\PPIVLWVO]VJIZZMT\WOM\PMZ_Q\P[WUMWNPQ[[\IЄ Sherman’s advance on Atlanta relied on manoeuvre to force the Rebels out of their positions. Federal forces besiege Atlanta T he Federal western armies under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman have begun their assault on the important city of Atlanta, having fought three battles around it at the end of July 1864. However, with powerful fortifications around the Georgian city, both sides face a stalemate. Sherman’s orders at the outset of the spring 1864 campaigning season required him to defeat the Rebel Army of Tennessee and capture Atlanta as part of a series of attacks planned to put pressure on the Rebel armies of the Confederate States of America at all points.

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